While the skills of Nathan Horton and Peter Mueller will never be compared to those of Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, it’s worth giving the two forwards a closer look in the early part of the 2011-2012 NHL campaign.
Let’s go back to the 2000 NHL Entry Draft for a moment. With the first overall pick the New York Islanders selected goaltender Rick DiPietro, prompting general manager Mike Millbury to trade prospect Roberto Luongo (cue laugh track).
From top to bottom the Western Conference is generally seen as the stronger of the two in the NHL. But even though the Vancouver Canucks finished with a whopping 117 points last year, the 2010-2011 season didn’t end with a Western champion.
“And here he comes, number 13 in your programs and number one in your hearts.” It was perhaps a cliché, over used movie reference that Jerry Howarth used to describe Brett Lawrie last Tuesday night; but for some reason it sounded right.
We’ve been spoiled. I feel it every time I hear a Leafs fan say they’re fed up with Nazem Kadri and every time a hockey fan ponders why Tyler Seguin only scored 11 goals in his rookie season after being drafted second overall.
At 43 years old, Boston Bruins forward Mark Recchi is still a valuable commodity around the NHL. Currently in his 22nd season Recchi may not be the top-flight forward he once was, but he’s still playing a major impact on the Bruins Stanley Cup run.